In Another World with my Smartphone Episode 1: At Least There’s a Reason for an Overpowered MC here

Overview:

After dying as a result of God’s mistake, the main character finds himself in a parallel world, where he begins his second life. His only possessions are the body that God gave back to him and a smartphone that works even in this new world. As he meets all kinds of new people and forges new friendships, he ends up learning the secret to this world.

– from Crunchyroll

Review:

This show kind of knows that it is not treading new ground bringing us bland self-insert protagonist who through some mix up is being sent to another world after dying accidentally. However, it isn’t letting its own lack of originality get it down and this first episode kind of moves along at a nice pace. Though, it is clear they aren’t trying overly hard with the script given rather than worry about being criticised for an overpowered protagonist they literally write an explainer in and tell the audience to get over it.

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Uh huh. So ordinary guy just got all basic abilities boosted and sent to a world full of magic. Guess we can all see where that is going. If that wasn’t enough of a clue, the opening makes it clear we are heading straight into harem (or harem like) territory and I’m just kind of hoping that another male character, other than god, gets any kind of screen time.

One thing I found very strange were the number of eye catches used throughout the episode. Almost every scene transition used one and it was a little bit jarring and broke the flow of the episode a bit. It isn’t a deal breaker but it is an odd choice in terms of pace and transition.

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I’m not expecting huge amounts from this, but the first episode was highly entertaining so I’m a little hopeful that I’ll enjoy the season. That said, it could get old fast if they don’t find a way to develop their own identity outside of the generic isekai structure.


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6 thoughts on “In Another World with my Smartphone Episode 1: At Least There’s a Reason for an Overpowered MC here

  1. I’ve been seeing a lot of bad talk about this show, but as a fan of Isekai shows I can’t really complain all that much as of yet.

    It’s pretty generic and is hardly breaking new ground so far, but it’s pretty innocent and a little self aware of what it’s doing as well.

    I’m sure I’ll keep enjoying this one.

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    1. I’ve certainly seem some truly nasty reviews of this and I appreciate that it won’t be for everyone, but to be honest, I’m enjoying this so far. I’m hardly waving a ‘best anime ever’ banner for it but in terms of enjoyment, this one works.

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  2. Oh, if I see it under that light, then it’s strangely becomes better already. I suppose I should have known it was on purpose, still don’t really enjoy so many tropes without real reason though. You ask God to have Internet and He gives you aptitudes towards all magic, alongside physical boost as a bonus? I sighed so hard at that, but it might be just me being too used to this genre.

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  3. I remain amused by how blatantly the MC is a Kirito expy, only cheerful and not angsting about the harem. 🙂 By about ep 4 or so his costume is basically identical (except in white rather than black).

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    1. In honesty, that’s probably why I like him. As I said in the review, the show clearly isn’t trying to break any new ground but it does understand exactly what it is doing.

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